1 Thessalonians 5:16 - How to Be Joyful and Rejoice Always.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV) Rejoice always, 

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NLT) Always be joyful. 


Joy in Jesus
   Happiness and joy - these two words are 
not as synonymous as they might seem at first 
glance. Oh, they may feel a lot alike, but that's 
where the similarity ends. 
   Consider that the root of the word 
happiness is hap. And that simple word refers to luck, 
chance, fate; to circumstances that come our way. We 
can be happy when we get the job. We can be 
happy when the news from the doctor is good. And 
we can be happy when our team wins. 
   But joy frees us from sadness when we 
don't get the job, when the news from the doctor 
is not good, and when our team loses. That's 
because pure joy comes not from circumstances but 
from our love relationship with God. Our choice 
to trust in His sovereign, gracious plan for 
our lives sustains our hope in hard times, and 
that gives us joy. 
   One more thing. The greater our love for 
God, the greater will be our joy in Him. Grow 
your love for God through Bible study and prayer, 
worship and confession, praise and fellowship - and 
see if your joy doesn't increase. Life is too 
brief and harsh to squander even one day of it 
joylessly. [Being Still With God Every Day by Henry 
Blackaby re Psalm 5:11] 


   "Really, God?" Ive wanted to ask. 
"Rejoice always?" Yet that's what it says. Over years 
of desperately seeking Jesus, I've learned to 
pray a lot, if not continually, and to find 
reasons to be grateful in even the most abysmal 
circumstances. Rejoicing was the last stronghold. How can I 
"feel joy or great delight" (as Merriam-Webster 
puts it) in the face of the assorted mundane or 
massive trials we all face this side of heaven? Yet 
I persist - not in seeking joy but in seeking 
God. I think that's the key to everything, really 
(Matthew 6:33). 
   I can hardly believe it myself, but as 
I'm writing this, I'm close to "rejoicing 
always," something I was pretty sure was impossible. 
Right now, I'm in the midst of marital woes, 
financial straits, vocational uncertainty, and a 
long-dreaded business bankruptcy after a long and scary 
ordeal, yet I'm truly full of joy and peace. 
   Yes, my joy is fueled partly by the hope 
promised in Romans 8:28 and my own experience of 
Jesus making lemonade out of lemons. Mostly, I'm 
experiencing that inexplicable joy that defies 
explanation and is disconnected from circumstances. I 
wonder if this is a tiny taste of the joy we sense 
in Paul's letters, which were written in jail 
or other hard places. Whatever it is, I really 
like it and pray Jesus's grace will let me linger 
here no matter what comes. Isabella Yosuico 
[Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   Have you ever visited the ocean? The 
constant crashing of the waves is awe-inspiring. The 
ocean continually moves. We see that movement as 
waves pound the beach. And although we can't see 
below the surface, the ocean actually moves faster 
at greater depths. 
   Can you think of other things that keep 
going and going and going? Write down a couple. 
   You might have written down the wind. 
Wind constantly blows near the ocean and at great 
heights in the atmosphere. The sun always shines. We 
may not see it if it's cloudy, but that doesn't 
mean the sun has stopped sending out heat and 
light. The earth also continually rotates and 
revolves. We may not feel it, but our world is 
spinning at more than 1,000 miles per hour, and we're 
orbiting around the sun at about 67,000 miles per 
hour. Time would've been another good answer. Time 
constantly moves forward, ticking second after second 
into the future. 
   God created many things to function 
constantly. And in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the apostle 
Paul tells us three things we should always be 
doing: rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks. 
   Living out that command seems pretty 
impractical. Does God expect you to walk around 
constantly shouting, "Praise God! He is good! I thank 
God for all his blessings"? You could do that, 
but you might get some strange looks. 
   Instead, as followers of Jesus, we should 
look at these things like breathing. We don't 
have to think about breathing - it just happens 
naturally. Similarly, we should pray, praise, and thank 
God all the time. Praying continually doesn't 
mean you have to go around with your head bowed 
and eyes closed (that's just a good way to get a 
concussion). But we should be thinking about God all the 
time and have our thoughts focused on him. We 
also need to be always rejoicing. Maybe you feel 
like there's nothing to be happy about. School is 
hard. You sprained your ankle. You feel like your 
parents give your sister more attention. All of 
these circumstances are temporary (although they 
may not feel that way). Your relationship with 
Christ is eternal. No matter what's going on in 
your life, you can trust that God has a plan for 
you and will give you the strength to accomplish 
his will. And his love for you will keep going, 
and going, and going. [Case For Christ For Kids 
by Les Strobel] 


   Rejoice Always! This is one of the 
shortest verses in the Bible, but it is radiant with 
heavenly Light. I made you in My image, and I crafted 
you with the ability to choose Joy in the 
moments of your life. When your mind is going down 
an unpleasant, gloomy path, stop it in its 
tracks with this glorious command. See how many 
times each day you can remind yourself to 
   It is important not only to be joyful but 
to think about specific reasons for rejoicing. 
They can be as simple as My daily provisions for 
you - food, shelter, clothing. Relationships 
with loved ones can also be a rich source of Joy. 
Since you are My beloved, your relationship with 
Me is an ever-present wellspring of gladness. 
These joyful thoughts will light up both your mind 
and your heart, enabling you to find more 
pleasure in your life. 
   Choosing to rejoice will bless you and 
those around you. It will also strengthen your 
relationship with Me. (1Th. 5:16; Gen. 1:27; Phi. 4:4) 
[Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 

   If you have a problem that comes and goes 
over a long period of time, you may start 
dreading its recurrence. This reaction only makes 
matters worse. When the painful situation returns, 
you tend to feel tense and defeated. You begin 
to judge each day that this circumstance is 
present as a bad day. This is a hurtful, negative 
   Let Me suggest a better way: When the 
problem is absent or minimal, rejoice and thank Me 
continually - as often as you can remember. If the 
problem is present, look to Me and affirm your trust 
in Me. Ask My Spirit to help you persevere and 
keep your focus on Me. In doing so, you connect a 
positive thing - trusting Me - with something you 
previously considered quite negative.  
If you do this consistently, you will find 
you are in a win-win situation. More 
importantly, you will no longer be letting your 
circumstances dictate the quality of your life. Rejoice 
and be glad-hearted continually. Be unceasing in 
prayer - praying perseveringly. Thank Me in 
everything - no matter what the circumstances may be. 
(Rom. 12:12; 1Th. 5:16-18; Psa. 143:8) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 


1 Thessalonians 5:16 - How to Be Joyful and 
Rejoice Always. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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